Stanford University

VPGE: Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM

Wednesday, November 7, 4:15pm-5:45pm
Shriram Center - Room 104
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Drawing from several NSF-funded survey and interview-based studies, Dr. Cech argues that these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women and other under-represented groups in STEM. Specifically, Dr. Cech discusses the role of three particular cultural ideologies—schemas of scientific excellence, depoliticization and the meritocratic ideology—in producing these disadvantages.  Dr. Cech explains why decisions (e.g. admissions, hiring, tenure) that partially rely on assessments of individuals’ “fit” with professional cultures are particularly important to critically examine for their potential to contribute to inequality.

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